World is a Dream, What Part of You is Them?
is another good exercise for getting practice in observing
our habitual emotional mind-sets and modes of behavior. Psychotherapists
and psychiatrists have helped us get a handle on our hidden
motivations and fears by dream analysis. Our dreams may be
frightening or confused, but we can understand that it is
we ourselves who people our dreams, with our thoughts and
feelings taking their symbolic roles of people and things.
first we may be shocked when we tell the therapist about some
mean act perpetrated upon us in our dreams by a hated rival
and hear the question, "Okay, now what part of you does
this person symbolize?" We can get pretty good at seeing
that even the worst monsters in our nightmares are really
aspects of our own motivations or fears. When we think we
are pretty good at analyzing our dreams, we can do the same
thing with our real life. We can analyze our daily life as
if it were a dream we had last night. Take a situation, a
mean-spirited person, a living nightmare and analyze it as
if it is just a dream. This is another way of widening our
horizon and becoming more objective about our experiences.
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